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Sanket Gupta

Design Engineer, Marvell Semiconductor

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Time based online volunteering portal.

Having been really impressed by the idea of Kiva by Jessica Jackley, I was thinking of how this idea can be extended further. My idea is for the thousands of young people in the world looking to make a change in the world but are not sure what they can do. It is basically similar to Kiva's idea but instead of lending money, people will lend their time.

The online time-based volunteering will allow people to simply log into an online portal and start connecting with people from other parts of the world who need their help. This way there will be not only cultural exchange but also social impact; all through by people connecting online. Although internet access for everyone in the world is still a major challenge. This portal will benefit both the volunteers as well as people looking for help online. These volunteers can be corporate executives, teachers, professionals or students who want to create an impact.

I look forward to hearing about your opinions on whether it is an idea that can be implemented.


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  • Sep 15 2011: I, as a current volunteer at 3 different places at the moment think that's an awesome idea! Since, I do work full time, attend university, and volunteer at 3 different non-profit organizations I feel that this would be of much use to someone who is busy, like myself. That way the volunteers can log in and out at any time of day, and since there's a time difference in states that makes it more convenient. Also, organizing the options of people that are able to provide help and having different types of tabs with all the subjects people can give and get help from.
    Recognizing the volunteers is the best thing anyone can do for them. Maybe, having a section and posting the volunteer/s of the month would be a good idea.

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